Systemax is scheduled to phase out their purchasing department at the Fletcher, Ohio building by the end of November and move all of purchasing to New York. Also, sometime next year, the Midwest Micro plant will become a manufacturing only plant, and all other facets of their business will be moved to New York. This ought to make for bigger earnings by Systemax.
Actually, the Fletcher location will be both manufacturing and tech support for all the Systemax daughter companies. They are currently remodeling the tech support area, and adding new hardware, desks, etc.
The purchasing dept. should be cut by the first of November at the Fletcher plant. Employees have the option of leaving or trying to remain in other positions. If they stay through the transition, they will recieve a bonus. At least a small tech support group will be left there to handle the local traffic.
On a brighter note, the Fletcher plant has stopped purchasing new parts so that they can get rid of what is already in inventory. To consumers who are attempting to purchase a new system, this means free upgrade....or at least upgrades you won't have to pay extra for....if they don't have what is supposed to go in your system. Example: Ask for a P3 733, they don't have any so you get a P3 800 for the same price. Or you might do even better depending on how low the inventory is when you order.
Actually, the tech support department at the Fletcher location handles the phone calls for Systemax, Midwest Micro, Tiger, Global, and as far as I can tell, all the daughter companies of Systemax. They are currently putting in new desks, all new hardware, extra computers so the techs will have hands-on right in front of them. They are also putting in over 100 new desks, so it seems that they are expanding the tech support department there.
Ouch! Sounds costly on what could already be thin margins. But they are still going to double or more in the next 6 months right? Let me know, I want to get my order in before it's too late and this baby skyrockets.
If Fletcher is going to become just a manufacturing facility, how do explain the tens of thousands of dollars in improvements of the �office space� area. I might go along with manufacturing AND tech support but not just manufacturing.
Okay, here is what we are told. The Fletcher site is to be a manufacturing plant! There has been mention of a showroom, but what for, and what that is all about, I do not know. There has been NO mention of tech support remaining at Fletcher, Oh. High company officials and senior account sales managers will likely be offered positions in New York, in all around twenty people probably. All other employees will likely be offered severance packages, based on their time of service. The improvements of the "office space" will be for manufacturing management, as well as a control center for the new Beavercreek, Oh store. Systemax has considered making representatives from temp services available to all employees several weeks prior to the transition, in order to make sure that all employees have a fair chance at employment elsewhere. Remember, this is what I am told. The brass here have a tendency to change their minds. There will be a transitionary period where The company may may take some hits, but overall, the plans implemented over the next six months will see more growth and profit for Systemax as a whole.